Author(s): Rosamund LuptonDownload
Nothing can break the bond between sisters …When Beatrice gets a frantic call in the middle of Sunday lunch to say that her younger sister, Tess, is missing, she boards the first flight home to London. But as she learns about the circumstances surrounding her sister’s disappearance, she is stunned to discover how little she actually knows of her sister’s life – and unprepared for the terrifying truths she must now face.The police, Beatrice’s fiance and even their mother accept they have lost Tess but Beatrice refuses to give up on her. So she embarks on a dangerous journey to discover the truth, no matter the cost.
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Sister is a psychological thriller from the viewpoint of Beatrice. Beatrice communicates to her missing sister Tess through a letter or diary-like entries. The plot is centered around her attempts to find out the truth about Tess’s disappearance.
I loved this book. Another reviewer described it as a “crime fiction novel for people who don’t like crime fiction” and I agree with that description. I’ve read a few crime fiction novels and really enjoyed them (e.g. the Millenium trilogy) but it can be a difficult genre to get right. I always feel overwhelmed when entering the crime section of a bookstore or library, faced with hundreds of books that look and sound the same. However, Sister stood out to me because it has a beautiful cover and not one you would associated with a crime investigation. It’s serene as opposed to bold and bloody. I would have assumed it was more of a family drama novel and I believe this novel bridges the gap between the two genres.
Sister is an extremely easy and captivating read – I particularly enjoyed the ethical debates concerning medicine – and I’m not surprised that it was on the UK bestsellers list for so long.
edit 2012: I wrote this initially to be a ‘personal review’ so it’s not very good, but I’m sure my enthusiasm for the book still comes across 😉
This is a great summer read. Not because it is light and fluffy, quite the opposite, but because it is the kind of book that keeps you up very late at night to finish and it’s good to be on vacation and not need to get up for work or to get kids ready for school the next morning. That is how I read it. In one night. Stayed awake til after one am to do so. Something about the way the author constructed the plot and the unfolding revelations kept me turning the pages. The shifting tenses and backwards way of looking forwards ( if that makes sense) was an unusual but effective style.
I realized almost immediately after beginning this book that the blurb on the back and the phrase on the front are misleading. You find out very early on that the fate or location of Bea’s sister is not in question. It’s the who and why that needs to be revealed. Its a very well done, darkly imagined story with a, for me, unexpected development at the end. I hesitate to cheapen it with the twist label because looking back, clues to that development were laced subtly throughout the narrative and made me really curious to get to the end to find out what she was alluding to. I just didn’t expect it to be that.
I don’t have a sister, but I can imagine that if I did I’d be calling her today.
…But grief is the ultimate unrequieted love. However hard and however long we love someone who has died, they can never love us back. At least that is how it feels…
Well, this book surprised the hell out of me.
Sister is a psychological thriller about two sisters – Beatrice and Tess. The bond between them has always been strong, and when Beatrice hears that her younger sister is missing, she comes back to her hometown to find out what exactly happened to her sister. The story shifts between present and past narrative as we slowly find out about both of her lives, and whether Beatrice really knew her sister at all.
I did not have high expectation going into this novel. I knew that it was a decent thriller, because a friend of my suggested that I should read it, but I did not expect to be blown away by it… Boy was I wrong.
In its core, Sister is an emotional story about two siblings and their relationship. While there is a mystery going on (and it is quite a good one), the focus is never completely on that – which is why I enjoyed this novel as much as I did. A lot of thrillers focus on the twists and turns, and because of that, the characters end up being flat. Here, that is not the case. I loved reading about both Beatrice and Tess, and I loved how their bond was always strong, no matter how different they were. This is one of those rare thrillers that got me really emotional, and I cared more for the characters, than the mystery – and I think that is why I was really moved and shaken at the end, when I found out what was really going on.
If you have not read this novel, and you enjoy stories with strong characters and a good mystery, I suggest that you check it out. It might just end up being one of your favorite books, like it was the case with me.
This book was astonishing. The blurb does not do the book justice and from what I read on the cover, it was certainly not what I expected. From the start, the book was quite a page turner and it was filled with intrigue. I thought that the way it was written – through a letter/conversation with her ‘lawyer’/sister – was very different and effective. The realisation of what the message was and who Beatrice was talking to all along was incredible and quite shocking – The concept of this book is amazing.The book was quite complex with the twists, but easy to follow and become absorbed in. The twists and turns are what make this book – especially the great twists at the end, where what you think is changed dramatically at the turn of each page. Emotive and full of intrigue, this was a book that I really enjoyed.
I really enjoyed this novel which was a relief as I haven’t been getting on that well with some of my recent choices! It is outside of my usual genre being fiction and non-Christian.
The story is told by Beatrice whose sister Tess has gone missing whilst pregnant. Beatrice is writing a letter to her sister and tells the story through her writings. The author jumps backwards and forwards in the time line from the perspectives of the various characters. Maybe that sounds confusing. Normally I would agree but she skillfully pulls it off and I managed to follow the story. It is a novel that will keep you guessing right until the end with quite a few twists.
The author’s writing style is easy to read and her creativity flows from each page. There are a lot of unusual metaphors that worked really well. She captures the emotions of someone dealing with death extremely accurately and sensitively. She also deals with cystic fibrosis and genetic modification.
The only drawback to this book was the occasional use of bad language. It wasn’t frequent but was enough that I noticed it. As this is my own copy I have crossed all of the swearing through with a black pen so that when it goes in the charity shop the next reader won’t be faced with it. I hope this doesn’t result in them spending hours attempting to work out what the words were…..There are a few sexual scenes but nothing graphic and limited violence.
I would recommend this book, even more so if you want to try and find my slightly edited copy in a used book store local to Banbury in England….
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